Continental Motors Group Ltd has been selected as the engine supplier for Cochise College’s six new RedHawk Aero training aircraft to be purchased in 2015. Continental Motors will supply six of its technologically advanced CD-135 diesel engines as the single lever, Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) power plants for the RedHawk Training Aircraft. “The CD-135 is an ideal engine for training aircraft based on our well proven operational reliability and efficiencies”, stated Johnny Doo, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development for Continental Motors. “I am delighted about the partnership we have with RedHawk and their innovative training system”, continued Doo.
“We were looking to replace some of our older, well-aged fleet with a modern, technologically advanced aircraft that was also affordable and provided operational savings. We’ve had a long relationship with Redbird and was impressed with their development of the RedHawk trainer powered by Continental’s CD-135 engine”, said Belinda Burnett, Director of Aviation Programs and Chief Flight Instructor for Cochise College. “We have field elevations of more than 4000 feet and test flights demonstrated improved climb performance to our existing fleet while burning less than 6 gallons per hour”, continued Burnett.